Whether he's explaining the chemistry behind smoke rings in barbecued meats or demonstrating how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich, Alton Brown is one part cook, one part mad scientist and all parts entertainer. His classic Food Network show Good Eats combines technique, history, comedy and an absolute hatred of unitasker kitchen implements to break down classic dishes for the home cook. He is also a successful author, with books ranging from appliance reviews to motorcycle road trips and, in addition to Good Eats, has hosted other Food Network hits such as Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen. Audiences flocked to see him on his Eat Your Science tour in 2017, so you won't want to miss it when he comes back to your city.
From Cinematographer to Food Nerd
Alton Brown grew up in Georgia, where he developed his love of film. He studied at the University of Georgia, then went on to pursue a career as a video director and cinematographer, most notably serving as the director of photography for R.E.M's classic video, "The One I Love." He often watched television cooking shows and believed that he could do better, leading him to head to Vermont to train at the New England Culinary Institute, graduating from there in 1997. He came up with the idea of Good Eats shortly thereafter, inspired by the idea of a combination of Julia Child and Monty Python. He composed the theme and incidental music as well, and after the pilot was shown on a Chicago TV station, it was picked up by Food Network in 1999. It became a signature show for Food Network with its humor, zany cast of characters (including Brown's sister), common-sense recipes and informative breakdowns on cooking techniques and equipment. The original show, which ran until 2011, won a Peabody award and a James Beard award. It remained so popular in reruns that a reboot called Good Eats: The Return premiered on Food Network in August 2019.
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Has Alton Brown announced tour dates for 2020?
There have been no official Alton Brown tour dates confirmed for 2020, so you'll want to follow StubHub to see when and where he'll be playing and be among the first to get tickets.
What can I expect from an Alton Brown show?
The New York Times described Alton Brown's Eat Your Science show as "a little like having Harold McGee’s cherished kitchen science tome On Food and Cooking read aloud by Gallagher." There were lots of crazy costumes, dad rock, audience participation opportunities and a Q&A where Brown answered just about any question--except for which unitasker he likes best.
Where else has Alton Brown appeared?
In addition to his hosting duties on his own shows, Alton Brown has been a panelist on Food Network shows like The Next Food Network Star, Chopped and The Next Iron Chef. He has also done commercials for products such as Welch's grape juice and participated in salt-positive videos for food producer Cargill.
Are Alton Brown's shows suitable for children?
While his material is not objectionable, Brown does use adult humor and scientific terms which may be difficult for children to understand. Parents should use discretion in deciding if their children should see one of his shows.